Sony adding two-factor authentication to PSN

Welcome to 2013! Xbox Live has had two-step authentication for a few years, but PSN will soon get up to speed.


After updating his PlayStation 3 to version 4.80, Tuomas Tonteri got a message alluding to two-step authentication and tweeted it out for the world to see. Sony never made an official comment about the security feature, so Polygon contacted Sony and got confirmation from a representative.

"In order to further safeguard our users and their accounts, we are preparing to offer a 2-step verification feature," the rep told Polygon.

PSN accounts are used across PS3, PS4, PS Vita, the PlayStation mobile app, and the PSN website. Expect two-factor authentication to cover all of those login points when Sony rolls it out.

Incidentally, Sony's confirmation of two-factor authentication comes on the five-year anniversary of one of the biggest PSN hacks in the network's lifetime. In April 2011, PSN was compromised in a way that exposed the personal information of many of its 77 million users (at the time of the hack).

Better late than never. It's worth mentioning that Microsoft's been on the ball for several years. In 2013, Microsoft added two-factor authentication to Xbox Live and other Microsoft accounts.

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    April 20, 2016 2:20 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Sony adding two-factor authentication to PSN

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      April 20, 2016 7:09 PM

      Wtf took so long?

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      April 20, 2016 8:02 PM

      hahha it is about time man. wowzers.

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      April 21, 2016 6:28 AM

      Yeah but it only works with Sony Xperia phones.

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      April 21, 2016 7:01 AM

      Still can't change your PSN ID though

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      April 21, 2016 7:16 AM

      funny story, my psn got hacked and they added like 150 bucks from my paypal account and bought a couple of games i already had. i got alerts immediately and shut that shit down, logged a case with PSN support, etc.

      about two days ago i got psn refunds in my paypal account, yesterday when i get home my psn account is suspended, when i went to chat support they said its suspended until i pay them 150 bucks in psn cards and then literally ended the chat on me

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        April 21, 2016 11:06 AM

        I just want to make sure I understand this. So you've got your PayPal account attached as a credit card to PSN, and whoever got into your account used that to buy stuff on your account? Presumably to play at home. Then Sony gives you a refund on the fraudulent charges, but you're required to give them back ALL that money to use the service again?